Commercial Cleaners clean offices, residential complexes, hospitals, schools, industrial work areas, industrial machines, construction sites and other commercial premises using heavy duty cleaning equipment.

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job. Around one in four workers have Years 11 and 10 as their highest level of education.

Tasks

  • vacuuming carpets, curtains and upholstered furniture
  • cleaning, dusting and polishing furniture, fixtures and fittings
  • removing rubbish and recyclable material, and emptying containers, bins and trays
  • stripping wax from floors, re-waxing and polishing floors
  • cleaning and disinfecting laundry and bathroom fixtures, replenishing supplies and reporting defective plumbing fixtures
  • operating industrial vacuum cleaners to clean floors, work areas and machines
  • removing dust and dirt from ceilings, walls, overhead pipes and fixtures
  • applying acids and solvents to surfaces to remove stains and dirt
  • removing lint, dust, soot, oil, grease, sludge and other residues from machines, hulls and holds of ships, and interiors and exteriors of furnaces, boilers and tanks
  • may clean exteriors of buildings by sand-blasting and applying solvents

Job Titles

  • Commercial Cleaner
  • Commercial Cleaner

    Specialisations: Aircraft Cabin Cleaner, School Cleaner

Fast Facts

  • $896 Weekly Pay
  • 142,300 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 32.2% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 37.2 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 59.2% female Gender Share

The number of Commercial Cleaners fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 142,300 in 2017 to 145,800 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 115,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Commercial Cleaners work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Administrative and Support Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $896 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (32.2%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunites to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 37.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (54.8%).
  • Gender: 59.2% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
2007138000
2008142700
2009142800
2010160000
2011155100
2012161200
2013158000
2014149900
2015137100
2016147300
2017142300
2022145800

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsCommercial CleanersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings8961230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Administrative and Support Services44.4
Health Care and Social Assistance14.2
Accommodation and Food Services12.2
Education and Training8.1
Other Industries21.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateCommercial CleanersAll Jobs Average
NSW30.031.6
VIC20.726.2
QLD21.319.7
SA8.86.7
WA13.910.8
TAS2.62.0
NT1.31.1
ACT1.41.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketCommercial CleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.8-5.25.2
20-246.8-9.99.9
25-3417.2-23.623.6
35-4417.3-21.721.7
45-5423.5-20.820.8
55-5912.7-8.88.8
60-6411.6-6.06.0
65 and Over7.0-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationCommercial CleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.8-8.68.6
Bachelor degree7.3-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.5-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV17.5-18.918.9
Year 1224.6-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1026.8-17.717.7
Below Year 1013.5-8.18.1

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.
Around one in four workers have Years 11 and 10 as their highest level of education.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Property Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Commercial Cleaners who are reliable, trustworthy and have a good work ethic.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    64% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. English Language

    60% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Public Safety and Security

    59% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  4. Administration and Management

    49% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  5. Mechanical

    45% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Performing General Physical Activities

    71% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

  2. Handling and Moving Objects

    69% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  3. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    64% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  4. Getting Information

    61% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    60% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 37-2011.00 - Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners.

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